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Description:This scanning electron microscopic (SEM) image revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology of a sickle cell RBC found in a blood specimen of an 18 year old female patient with sickle cell anemia, (HbSS); People who have this form of sickle cell disease inherit two sickle cell genes (“S”), one from each parent. This is commonly called “sickle cell anemia”, and is usually the most severe form of the disease.
Sickle cell disease is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders. Healthy red blood cells are round, and they move through small blood vessels to carry oxygen to all parts of the body. In sickle cell disease, the red blood cells become hard and sticky and look like a C-shaped farm tool called a "sickle". The sickle cells die early, which causes a constant shortage of red blood cells. Also, when they travel through small blood vessels, they get stuck and clog the blood flow. This can cause pain and other serious problems.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia: Jackie George, Beverly Sinclair
Creation Date:2009
Photo Credit:Janice Haney Carr
Links:Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc.
CDC - National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Division of Blood Disorders; Sickle Cell Disease
CDC - National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Division of Blood Disorders; Types of Sickle Cell Disease
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Copyright Restrictions:None - This image is in the public domain and thus free of any copyright restrictions. As a matter of courtesy we request that the content provider be credited and notified in any public or private usage of this image.

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